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Supporting your child at home

All children have access to a wide variety of books. Children have the opportunity to choose a book of their choice and will be given a book levelled at their ability.  Parents can support their children's learning through reading with them every day, taking children to the local library to read about our themes, and by practising maths with them.

Reading at home:  Children will be set an amount to read at home from their ability levelled book.  To develop their comprehension skills, they will be set a short task linked to what they have read.  The opportunity to read with an adult is still very valuable for children in Y5/6 as it provides opportunities for children to respond to the book: discuss and interpret what is happening; comment upon author’s use of language; and make predictions based upon evidence.  All of these skills are key aspects of age related expectations.  Varying reading experiences can help motivate children.  During reading time, adults can take their turn in reading aloud.

Wider Reading:  The children have the opportunity to choose a book of their choice from either the school or their class library to encourage reading for pleasure and to strengthen their reading skills.  You can support your child’s learning by reading with and to them as often as possible and using a variety of texts, including magazines, comics and auditory texts.  When reading and discussing a text it is beneficial to develop an understanding of the text, its structure, reading between the lines and commenting upon author style/ intent.

Other Homework:  Little, often and fun is the key!  Especially for core knowledge of spellings and retention of basic number facts.  See the table above for how often this homework is set but we encourage all parents to routinely practise with their children.

Please remember, if you need help or ideas on how to support your child with their homework, please see your child’s teacher who will be happy to help.

 

Weekly spelling lists

Y3/4 Weekly Spelling List - Autumn Term 2

Y5/6 Weekly Spelling List - Autumn Term

 

Year 5/6 Targets

The "Going for Gold" targets for December in Year 5/6 are as follows:

Year 5/6

Target 1:  7 times tables

Target 2 : Quick recall of the basic fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents.

Bronze – Count on and back in 7s to and from 84.

Bronze – Learn off by heart the decimal and percentage equivalents for 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/10 and 1/100

Silver – Quick fire recall of multiplication facts linked to the 7 times table, i.e. 8 x 7 = 56.

Silver – Use the basic fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents to calculate related equivalents, i.e. if I know that ¼ is equal to 25% then I can calculate that ¾ is equal to 75%.

Gold – Quick fire recall of division facts involving 7 x table plus use of multiplication and division facts to complete related calculations, i.e. knowing that if 3 x 7 = 21 then 30 x 70 = 2100.

Gold – Use the links between fractions, decimals and percentages to calculate amounts/ solve problems, i.e. to find 75% of a number, convert to a fraction (3/4) and then calculate 3/4 of the amount.

 

Useful websites

Times Tables Rock Star – coming soon to a class near you!  Check out our blog for more information in the next few weeks!    https://ttrockstars.com/

Maths games and practice:  http://mathszone.co.uk/

BBC Bitesize Maths for the 2014 curriculum including games and clips to explain:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39

Tables Practice (Evaluation versions that are free to play online):  http://www.teachingtables.co.uk/

Maths and English games:  http://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Spelling and Grammar: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

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